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  1. Condition updates

    There is a plowed snowmobile parking lot off of Ingerson Road. The entrance to Ingerson Road is about 5.5 miles west of Lowes Garage on Rt. 2. It is about a 1/4 mile west of the junction of Rt. 115 and Rt. 2. Once on Ingerson Road, go 1 mile and Ingerson Road curves to the left. You want to go straight and then take the next left into the plowed lot. This lot gives you direct access to Corridor 11.
  2. Condition updates

    Trailered to the Pontook Dam parking lot on Rt. 16 and headed north from there. What a beautiful day with blue skies, bright sun and no wind. Took Cor. 19 north to Newel Brook Road, then took Owl's Head trail, then Railroad Spur and headed up to Dixville Peak. All of the trails up to this point except Cor. 19 were freshly groomed and very flat but thin in a few spots. After taking some pictures at the top of Dixville (with all of the trees plastered in snow) we headed down the north side of Dixville Peak. This trail is always rough due to the steepness, but it appears the underlying trail is really bumpy from summer ATV traffic and of course there is nowhere near enough snow to fill the holes. Hopefully this will get some excavation work this summer since it was 5mph in a lot of spots due to the bumps. We took Trail 134 north and crossed under Rt. 26 and the trail was instantly perfect (groomed by Swift Diamond). After passing by the Balsams and getting into the high country, we took Cor. 18W over to the lookout on the Sugar Hill Trail and took some more pictures. We then started our loop back south by taking Cor. 18E over to the Greenough Pond Trail. The southern part of this trail was plowed for several miles but luckily there was enough loose snow so it was not a problem today. But if there is a warmup, this road/trail would be very difficult if not impossible to ride since dirt was showing in many places. We then took the Flume trail (aka Rice Mountain trail) back across Rt. 26 into Errol/Millsfield territory. From there we took Trail 110, Cilly Brook trail, Signal Mountain trail and Metallak trail back to Newel Brook Road. Other than the plowed road, Swift Diamonds trails were all flat as could be but thin in many places with our skiis were clinking off rocks. Hopefully we will get some much needed snow tonight and that will help with the thin base conditions. We logged a total of 82 fun-filled miles for the day and saw less than a dozen sleds all day.
  3. Condition updates

    Left from Stark and did a 70 mile ride. Headed south on PT109 to Berlin, then Cor. 11 to Randolph, then Cor. 12 (RR bed) to Gorham, Pinkham Road to Horton Center, then back on Cor. 12 to Berlin, then PT108 back to Jericho Outdoors, then back to Stark. Conditions were pretty much as we expected. Good on logging roads and RR beds, fair on woods trails. There were 3 surprises during our ride: 1) The amount of snow in the trees and the amount of overhanging trees - It created a winter wonderland and illusion of riding through a snow tunnel. 2) The amount of sleds that we saw - We thought it was Saturday and not Friday. 3) Lowes gas station in Randolph is closed - One of our favorite places to fill up is no longer in operation. Even though the trails were not perfect, the scenery was and it was really great to see so much of our area dressed in white. Next ride for us will be on Tuesday after the groomers have had a chance to clean up the weekend mess. We will trailer to the Pontook lot on Rt. 16 and head north from there.
  4. Condition updates

    In Stark, we received another 3"-4" of new powder snow last night. All of the groomers in the area have been out (Groveton, Berlin, Gorham, Jefferson, Twin Mt.) and this new snow should help, but the base is still very thin and driving by trails that have been groomed, we could still see water and mud in the normally wet spots. We are hoping that the cold weather over the next few days will freeze things up. We are planning to go riding on Friday so will report back after that ride but I would say to anyone thinking about coming up to this area, that conditions should be fair in the woods and good on RR beds and logging roads. Certainly worth the trip.
  5. Condition updates

    In Stark, we received 5" of wet, sticky snow on Saturday followed by another 2" of wet snow on Saturday night. We had flurries most of today (Sunday) but it did not amount to more than a dusting. Once the cold weather comes in and freezes this wet snow up, I think it will be enough for the Groveton and Berlin groomers to get out and at least do some packing. Errol and Milan had been out before this storm on their logging road trails so this new snow should allow them to open up their woods trails. We trailered over to Millsfield on Wed. and did 50 miles on the logging roads in that system. The logging roads were snow covered but the skegs were clinking off rocks here and there. The Millsfield woods trails did not have enough snow to attempt riding them. Be aware that the lower end of Millsfield Pond Road and Rocky Pond Trail were closed for logging. Also we saw that the lower end of Signal Mt. Trail was plowed due to logging so getting into Errol from the south is problematic even with this new snow.
  6. Trail signage issues

    I like your idea about green trimmed signs. I had been asking for green trail information signs for over 10 years and they finally provided those a couple of years ago. I never thought about adding green to some of the other sign types but it makes sense. Maybe we could get some green plastic an inch bigger than the current signs and use it as a backer so it shows green trim around the Junction Ahead, Stop Ahead and Stop signs.
  7. Trail signage issues

    Due to the fact that many of the snowmobile trails are multi-use (snowmobile and ATV), all of the junction signs must come down every year.
  8. Trail signage issues

    The solution is called "volunteers". Putting up and taking down signs is a thankless job and no one wants to do it. I did it for the WMRR club for seven years. 2-3 days to put up the wooden directional signs at every junction and another 2-3 days to take them down. Then there are hundreds of Bridge Ahead, Junction Ahead, Stop Ahead, Stop signs, etc. Those took several more days. How many people want to give up their riding days to do this? Not many. To make it easier, I and several other volunteers installed several hundred wooden sign posts throughout the trail system. If you ride through there now, most of those posts stand empty because even with the posts in place, no one wants to trudge off the trail through two feet of snow to replace a missing sign.
  9. Electric recreational vehicles

    Wonder what the range is when temps are -15 or -20? I have had my battery freeze up one very cold winter and it would not start my sled. Maybe when the next leap in battery technology happens it might work but cold weather is very hard on batteries.
  10. Question about club membership

    You cannot get the discount without paying $10 to NHSA for a fee. You don't get NHSA membership for that money.
  11. What incentives do NH land owners have?

    One of the largest landowners in the State is the federal government with ownership of the White Mt. National Forest. Right now there are only 200 miles of designated snowmobile trails in an area the size of the state of RI. I suggest that when the forest management plan gets reopened, that you lead the charge to try and get some of the hundreds of miles of logging roads and trails in the National Forest to be opened up to off-trail riding. After all, it is public land and it should be available for public use in the winter.
  12. Godspeed Jim Herbert

    For anyone who has ridden the Groveton Trailblazers trail system in and around Nash Stream over the past 15 years, the great experience that you had is in large part due to the efforts of Jim Herbert. He not only went out grooming almost every day, but in the off-season, he maintained the groomers and drags, applied for grants and organized trail maintenance. If you got to meet Jim, you know what a wonderful person he was. If not, take my word for it, Jim was a talented person and very dedicated to making sure things got done right. Take a few minutes to say goodbye on the funeral home page listed in the obituary below. His family will appreciate knowing how many lives Jim positively affected. JAMES “JIM” M. HERBERT, 79, of Cloutier Dr. in Stark died on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH after a lengthy illness. Jim was born on June 20, 1939, in Burlington, VT the son of James M. Herbert, Sr. and Clara (Dyke) Herbert. He was a graduate of Spaulding High School in Barre, VT. Before retiring Jim worked for Perini of Framingham, MA working in both New Hampshire and Vermont. Jim and Marilyn moved to Stark seventeen years ago from Franklin, NH, and Jim has been the Trail-master and groomer for the Groveton TrailBlazers for the past fifteen years. Jim was a lifelong member of the Mount Sinai Masonic Temple in Barre, VT. He was a Veteran of the US Army served during the Vietnam War. Jim is survived by his wife of 57 years Marilyn Herbert of Stark; three children Marcia Garner of Richmond, VT; James D. Herbert of Claymont, Deleware; and Dianne M. Herbert of Stark; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren and one brother Robert Herbert. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, from 5-8 pm at the Armstrong-Charron Funeral Home in Groveton. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at 11:00 am at the funeral home with Pastor Patricia Williams of the Groveton United Methodist Church officiating. Inurnment with Military Honors will be held at the convenience of the family in the Emerson Road Cemetery in Stark. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Jim's name to the Groveton Food Pantry; c/o St. Marguerite d'Youville Parish; PO Box 247; Groveton, NH 03582. To send the family your condolences via the online register book, please visit, www.armstrongcharronfuneralhome.com
  13. Snow Totals

    Got about a foot so far in Stark as of 9am on Sunday. Still coming down and snow not expected to end until mid afternoon.
  14. Snow Totals

    We received 3" of new powdery snow from Sunday night's storm. About 40" of snow on level ground right now. We tried doing some riding yesterday but trails were pretty beat after Saturday's heavy traffic probably going to the Snofest.
  15. Snow Totals

    In Stark, we got about 6-8 inches from Thursday's storm. We are now at about 40" on level ground. Did some riding in the Berlin and Groveton trail systems on Friday and they were both in great shape but the snow is soft so it won't take much to dig it up. Still with blue skies and no wind, conditions are about as good as they can get. Enjoy!
  16. Snow Totals

    We received another 4" of damp snow last night (Wed. night). Snow piles around the house are the biggest we have had since we have been here (since 2000). Approaching 3' of snow on level ground. Rode Nash Stream area yesterday and trails were perfect there. Great job Groveton Trailblazers!
  17. Snow Totals

    We received about 10" of wet snow from Friday's storm. We now have about 2.5' of densely packed snow on level ground in Stark. At the very bottom is an icy base a few inches thick. We drove by some picnic tables yesterday and only the table top was visible. Trails were pretty bumped up due to the warm temps but I expect conditions to get better as the cold returns. More snow in the forecast for Monday 2/18 and Thursday 2/21.
  18. How to keep snowmobiling alive in NH

    Unfortunately you wasting your time talking with NHSA. They are not concerned at all with any trail issues. Their action this year in taking $12 of each club membership fee as a "transaction fee" is nothing less than extortion and only helping to sink clubs financially. You need to start with the NH BOT and the clubs themselves. The NHBOT staff are the ones that negotiate the land use contracts with the large landowners and the clubs have the trail agreements with the smaller landowners. Having been a snowmobile trail master for 7 years and now an ATV trail master for 5 years, I can tell you that one of the major concerns of ALL landowners (large and small) is off trail riding. On all of the new trails that I have built or rebuilt since 2007, I have included physical barriers on all side trails to make sure people stay on the main trail. When these barriers are removed or breached, we will go in and fix them on a priority basis. If someone cuts a new side trail to get around a barrier, we will block that. If problems continue, we get Fish and Game involved or use game cameras to find out who is causing the damage. This is part of the commitment that must be made to get new trails opened. I don't know any landowner that says "go ahead and put the trail in anywhere that you want". Some landowners will specify exactly where they want the trail. Others will ask for our recommended route. But in the end, we agree on the trail location and provide the landowner with a detailed map that shows exactly where the trail is going along with the location of all bridges, culverts, gates and rock barriers. In addition to our club, the landowner gets keys to all gates. I do not forsee any easy way to open up off trail riding. In addition to the sensitive environmental areas that need to be protected, lets talk about the practical aspects. Just look at the tree damage from the wet snows that occurred this year. Even if you were able to get landowner permission to run on an ungroomed trail through their land, who is going to maintain it? I can tell you that cutting trees that bent over and frozen to the ground is not only dangerous but extremely hard work. On a groomed trail, the club normally uses the club groomer to help push these trees aside once they have been cut up, but that won't be allowed on ungroomed trails. Having begged for help in clearing our groomed trails over the past 12 years, I doubt very much you will get any of these riders to show up and spend a day hauling a chain saw through 2' deep snow to clear downed trees so they can ride a few miles of fresh powder. Its not much fun doing this work even when I have the groomer. At the end of the day, you are totally wet and exhausted. How about washouts? On our main trails we spent thousands of dollars putting in bridges, culverts and ditches to control water. What do you think those unmaintained trails look like right now after the deluge of rain that we just got? I am sure there are dozens of 2' deep washouts all over the place. Right now the only legal off-trail riding that I know of is in Jericho Mt. State Park. All of the ungroomed ATV trails make great places to hone your off-trail skills. But even there, you may find downed trees or washouts blocking your way so be prepared to cut your way through or turn around.
  19. Snow Totals

    Ended up with 14" of dry fine snow in Stark. Kind of granular in consistency, not fluffy. Very hard to walk through. Don't go off the trail!
  20. Merry Christmas, Happy New year

    Well said Jeff
  21. We have a bridge!

    I don't think that is too bad. If you had to build it with steel, you would need heavy equipment to set the beams plus a lot more wood for the deck and railings. Good job.
  22. We have a bridge!

    Very nice product. What is the total length and what did you pay for it?
  23. 2000 Trail Roamer

    Thanks to everyone who called or emailed but the Trail Roamer has been sold.
  24. 2000 Trail Roamer

    2000 Trail Roamer for sale. Has not run since 2004 but has been kept in a barn. Has 4-stroke Koehler motor, twin tracks, heater and stereo. First $2,500 takes it. Get it running and its worth $5k. Located in central MA. Willing to help you load it on your trailer. Email: larry@twolakeslodge.com or call 508-561-6398.
  25. 2000 Trail Roamer

    Added sweetener to the deal. Free delivery anywhere in New England!